Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Goldie pewter metallic leather collar chiffon shirt dress c/o stylistpick, H&M leather knotted belt, Topshop Boutique bandage leather platform wedges, balenciaga city bag. All black, dark fashion, gothic street styleFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Goldie pewter metallic leather collar chiffon shirt dress c/o stylistpick, H&M leather knotted belt, detailsFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Goldie pewter metallic leather collar chiffon shirt dress c/o stylistpick, H&M leather knotted belt, Topshop Boutique bandage leather platform wedges, balenciaga city bag. All black, dark fashion, gothic street styleFashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Topshop Boutique bandage leather platform wedges, balenciaga city bag.Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Goldie pewter metallic leather collar chiffon shirt dress c/o stylistpick, H&M leather knotted belt, Topshop Boutique bandage leather platform wedges, balenciaga city bag. All black, dark fashion, gothic street style

When these midi length skirts & dresses first started showing up a few seasons ago, I couldn’t stand them, to me they looked frumpy & awkward. I would never have dreamed I’d end up owning one, let alone writing about how I’ve sorta fallen in love with this awkward length.

Maybe it’s because on this Goldie dress it’s sheer, so it feels less harsh, or maybe it’s just that it’s a black shirt dress & I can never get enough of those, regardless of length. It’s the perfect summer shirt dress, light & airy and the length feels so nice swishing against your legs in the breeze. The pewter metallic collar & buttons are just the right amount of embellishment too, I don’t feel the need for jewellery, which I never like to wear when it gets hot & sticky, it’s too fussy & irritating.

It doesn’t look it, because I’m hiding in the shade as usual, but it was actually a lovely warm day. I know last time I said that in a post I jinxed it & it turned miserably cold again, but I’m going to risk it & say I think spring has finally arrived! Hopefully I will finally get to show off some of my spring buys, without having to cover them over with layers of jackets & knits soon!

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Dust PR AW13 Press Day

Dust PR AW13 Press Day, Catherine Deane Dresses with black leather paneling & mesh inserts, FAIIINT

Catherine Deane Dresses

Dust PR AW13 Press Day, Catherine Deane Dresses in pewter metallic leather with laser cut detail, FAIIINT

Catherine Deane Dresses

Dust PR AW13 Press Day, Catherine Deane Dresses with pewter metallic leather panelling & black mesh inserts, Vintage Seekers snake cuff costume jewellery, FAIIINT

Catherine Deane Dress / Vintage Seekers Snake Cuff

Dust PR AW13 Press Day Vintage Seekers cross crucifix necklaces, costume jewellery, gold with red, clear, purple glass stones

Vintage Seekers Crucifix Necklaces

Dust PR AW13 Press Day, Barbour black military wool trench coat with leather detailing & brown checked waxed cotton trench jacket with shirt

Barbour Wool Trench Coat / Barbour Waxed Cotton Trench

Dust PR AW13 Press Day, Barbour small black leather satchel cross body messenger bag

Barbour Leather Satchel

Sorry for the lack of posts & the fact I’ve been MIA most of the week, anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram will have seen I’ve been a little ill & had some other things going on too, so I took a tiny break to recuperate. Thankyou for all the well wishes & I’m fine now, so normal posting shall resume next week!

Dust PR was another of the offices we visited on our press day visit, there were so many amazing pieces on display here & these are just a few of my favourites. The team were so lovely & welcoming, we loved the relaxed atmosphere & so enjoyed our little tour of the collections.

I had always associated Catherine Deane with evening gowns & a much girlier aesthetic than I like personally. After browsing through the rails though, I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole selection of edgier dresses with laser cut leather detailing & sci-fi paneling. I would happily have taken every one of them home with me, but the black dress with the leather paneled bodice & mesh sleeves was by far my favourite.

The Vintage Seekers jewelery was another highlight, a whole cabinet stuffed with designer costume jewelery, most of which is very hard to find & with lots of pieces having wonderful back stories of the Hollywood royalty that previously owned them. They do not only sell jewelery though, there is also designer bags, clothing, accessories, homewear, rare books, signed film posters, art & even cars. I have since lost so many hours just browsing the website & uncovering all of the amazing pieces of history they have for sale.

I think I have found ‘the one’ in Barbour‘s black wool trench, my dream coat. The slight military feel, the heavy structured wool & the leather details make it both totally classic & yet still still extra special. It’s one of those pieces that you’ll still be wearing in 10 years time & those unique, special little details will continue to get people asking where it’s from. There were lots of perfect checked shirts & of course their signature waxed cotton jackets & coats too. The menswear was also particularly strong, with the Steve McQueen & the beautifully tailored Norton & Sons collections being favourites. I love menswear & I could easily see myself in a lot of those pieces, especially the tailoring which has a wonderful relaxed, loveworn look to it.

Continuing my recently reignited love affair with sneakers, the Supra‘s were some of my favourite pieces. These are being kept tightly underwraps though to stop them being ripped off before release & so I can’t post any to show you, but lets just say the AW13 collection had plenty of black, metallics & black on black texture mixing. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair!

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Next Press Office Take Over SS13

Fashion Blogger FAIIINT wearing Moxham Anubis Necklace, Topshop Boutique Dress, Finsk Wedges, Balenciaga Bag, ASOS Belt, All Black, Street Style. Photo courtesy of Kylie at Memoir Mode.Fashion Blogger FAIIINT wearing Moxham Anubis Necklace, Topshop Boutique Dress, ASOS Leather & Faux Fur Jacket, All Black, Street Style. Photo courtesy of Kylie at Memoir Mode.Fashion Blogger FAIIINT wearing Moxham Anubis Necklace, Topshop Boutique Dress, ASOS Leather & Faux Fur Jacket, Balenciaga Bag, ASOS Belt, ASOS Faux Fur & Leather Jacket, All Black, Street Style. Photo courtesy of Kylie at Memoir Mode.Fashion Blogger FAIIINT wearing Moxham Anubis Necklace, Topshop Boutique Dress, ASOS Leather & Faux Fur Jacket, Balenciaga Bag, ASOS Belt, All Black, Street Style. Photo courtesy of Kylie at Memoir Mode.

Last Thursday was the Next Press Office Take-Over, they invited a huge group of bloggers down to their offices in London to browse the spring collections & have our say over which pieces were our favourites.

I was super excited to find there was a whole rail of black & leather, with so many pieces I’d love to get my hands on & I even found myself falling totally in love with a printed maxi dress & a striped pair of jeans. Next have definitely been upping their game over the last few seasons & I urge you to go check out the new season pieces if you always assumed it was a store more to your Mums taste than your own, I think you’ll be surprised!

Unfortunately Ollie couldn’t come, and as I am totally hopeless with a camera I got no photos of the actual party. It was one of the best I’ve been to though, we danced to cheesy 90’s tunes, drank champagne & cocktails, browsed the rails & ate as many retro sweets as we could manage. I was having so much fun I didn’t want to leave & I’m still working my way through my leftover bag of flying saucers, fruit salads, sherberts, cola bottles, marshmallows & candy bracelets!

I met up with Tara & Kylie for something to eat before we headed over to the event, I had such a great time with these girls & I’m already looking forward to seeing them again soon! We got there a little early, so decided to go over to a quieter street & shoot our outfits. Shooting outfits with other bloggers is so much more fun than usual, they know exactly how it is, so it feels more relaxed & less awkward, being in a group seems to draw way less confused stares from passers by too! Huge thanks to Kylie for the lovely photos.

And if there’s one thing bloggers love, it’s a photobooth. I think we spent the majority of the night dressing up & taking silly snaps, so I shall leave you with a few of those & a couple of images courtesy of Next of the party…

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Forgotten

Fashion Blogger FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop Cropped Tux Jacket, Sass & Bide corset print tee, River Island faux leather leggings, Stylistpick velvet boots, Balenciaga city bagFashion Blogger FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop Cropped Tux Jacket, Sass & Bide corset print tee, River Island faux leather leggings, Stylistpick velvet boots, Balenciaga city bag

I think I jinxed the weather… Since posting the Spring outfit & getting ahead of myself with excitement that the weather was finally picking up, this week it has gone back to being wet, windy & awful! Apologies to any non-British readers, I bet you must get pretty sick of hearing about the weather all the time around here, it’s all we Brits talk about isn’t it?!

Thanks to the weather, we’ve been unable to shoot any outfits this week, but luckily I came across this set from the 7 days with StylistPick challenge I did back in November & realized that I’d never posted them!

This Sass & Bide tee was another of my ASOS sale steals, and it’s my go to tee for lazy days. I’m a bit of a tee addict, I have quite a collection & they’re pretty much the only things in my wardrobe that aren’t black. The oversized, a-line shape & the super soft jersey make this one so comfortable & a total dream to wear, the corset print to the front keeps it interesting though & I think the girlyness of it is a nice contrast against all the black.

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Trace Publicity AW13 Press Day

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Zoe & Morgan Jewellery, Cunky Statement Necklaces, Cobra Snake Earrings, Skull, Gold, Silver

Zoe & Morgan

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Zoe & Morgan Jewellery, Egyptian, Georgia Hardinge, Dress, prints

Zoe & Morgan / Georgia Hardinge

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Jean-Pierre Braganza collection, textures, rail

Beautiful textures on the Jean-Pierre Braganza rail

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Jean-Pierre Braganza quilted leather & suede jacket, Fyodor Golan Embellished dress

Jean-Pierre Braganza / Fyodor Golan

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Fyodor Golan, Jean-Pierre Braganza, Close up details prints & textures

Close up details of Fyodor Golan & Jean-Pierre Braganza pieces

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Fannie Schiavoni silver cunky cuffs, bolt

Cuffs by Fannie Schiavoni

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Fannie Schiavoni necklaces, gunmetal with red jewels, spikes, choker

Fannie Schiavoni

Trace Publicity Autumn Winter 2013 AW13 Press Day, Fannie Schiavoni studded harness

Studded body harness from Fannie Schiavoni

The morning before the AX Paris party we spent running around trying to fit in as many press days as possible. One of my favourites that we visited that day was Trace Publicity, who represent some of my favourite designers & brands. Upon arrival we were treated to lunch & a nice cup of tea provided by The Social Pantry, which was very much appreciated after a lot of running around! There were so many beautiful pieces on display, so it was a real pain narrowing down the photos, but these are just a few of my favourites.

First up was Zoe & Morgan, this was a brand I had always assumed wasn’t very ‘me’, but after seeing the pieces up close I went away wanting almost everything. Amongst their more signatures pieces, such as the ‘love’ rings, were a collection of heavily Egyptian influenced pieces. I’m a bit of an ancient history nerd and have always been fascinated by the Egyptians, so I was totally smitten with those, I particularly loved the chunky silver choker & the cobra hooped earrings.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you about my love for Jean-Pierre Braganza again, I adore everything he creates & his AW13 collection was possibly his best yet, so it was lovely to see the pieces up close & get to really appreciate all of the little details. I love that he incorporates so much texture into his collections, I wanted to run my fingers over everything. The jackets were a highlight for me, so perfectly sculpted and the prints on the dresses too, which are even more beautiful in person. Talking of prints, Georgia Hardinge’s dresses made me want to be a little braver & try more of them out in my own wardrobe. They feel architectural & fresh, perfectly mapping the contours of the body. I could picture myself wearing almost all of them (yes, even the lime green ones!) and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t do print.

Fyodor Golan is another of those designers, like Braganza whose pieces you really need to see in person to truly appreciate. The painstaking embellishment & perfectly draped folds on the cream dress totally blew me away. The rest of the collection was equally stunning too, I noticed so many lovely details that I’d totally missed when seeing the pieces on the catwalk, which just made me fall in love with them even more.

I get the feeling I will be investing in a lot of new jewellery come Autumn, as I also wanted pretty much everything Fannie Schiavoni had on offer. I’ve always admired her pieces, but have yet to buy anything, the choker with the black crystal pendant is going straight onto my wishlist though!

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